National workforce registration and regulation consultation

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This session is part of the national consultation on a national workforce registration/regulation.

This fully interactive session will be led by Sporting People and will be looking to get the views and insight from delegates on the potential of a national workforce registration scheme.

This consultation has been driven by the outcomes of the Duty of Care in Sport Review carried out by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson in 2017, as well as the ambitions of the Sport England workforce, coaching and volunteering strategies. Together these outline a clear desire at governmental level that the English sport and physical activity sector ensures opportunities to be physically active and play sport are presented to the public in a safe and consistent way.


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Tara Dillon, CEO, CIMSPA

As CEO of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, Tara Dillon leads the institute's headline work in professionalising UK sport and leisure and transforming the workforce development opportunities of those who work in the sector. Tara was appointed as CEO in January 2015, before which she was interim chief operating officer whilst on secondment from IQL UK. Previously, Tara has held a variety of senior management roles within the leisure sector, combining 12 years working in local authorities and 9 years in the private sector, culminating in a customer-focused commercial role as executive director of IQL UK.

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Spencer Moore, Director of Strategy, CIMSPA

Spencer Moore, an MBA graduate and qualified lecturer has over 20 years' experience in senior management across the business and education sectors. He brings a wealth of experience from his previous roles as co-founder of PDR Business Solutions, head of business planning and innovation for the Amateur Swimming Association, head of workforce development for British Swimming and head of curriculum at West Nottinghamshire College. He is also a non-executive director of both the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) and the Institute of Swimming (IoS).

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Steve Mitchell, Director, Sporting People

Steve has worked extensively with employers across the sport and physical activity landscape around all things people, skills, and leaning and development. Ten years in the public sector and now four years into three successful new ventures where his clients include CEOs, Boards, NGBs, Commercial Businesses, Leisure Operators, CSPs and Educational Institutions. Steve gives back through a series of complementary yet diverse NED and voluntary roles including a CSP Board, an NGB chairmanship, advisory roles with Coach Core and Transcend Awarding.

Mitch has fantastic experience and knowledge across the sport and physical activity landscape. He is ideally placed to share best practice, identify new opportunities and help organisations get ahead of the game when it comes to developing their people.

Dan Thorp, Director, Sporting People

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Dan was a Tennis Coach for thirty years; working with players at every level of the game. He also has experience as a Coach Editor and course creator, has worked as LTA Head of Coach Development for six years, worked across sport on coaching frameworks, apprenticeships and mentoring, as Head of a Chinese Academy and has launched several successful business projects in sport.

Dan’s expertise is in coaching, coach education, coach and workforce development strategy, coach course and pathway design, coach support initiatives, and safe deployment issues.

Rob Young, Director, Sporting People

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Rob has a proven track record working across the sport and physical activity sector. He has delivered projects for local government, performance sport, NGBs, major sporting events, the education sector, London 2012, Sport England, UK Sport, and Sport Leeds. Recently, Rob has completed a national review of Futsal and subsequently developed the first national Futsal Strategy on behalf of the FA. Rob is also a Board Member of Greater Sport and a member CIMSPA.

Rob has experience of developing strategy, leading organisational change and delivering specific projects at a local, regional and national level. He brings strategic thinking and a level of rigour to projects that is crucial for the successful implementation including experiences with I Will If You Will in Bury, local authority strategies in Leicester and Burnley, and the AoC Women’s Football Apprenticeship project.